The challenges of delivering gynaecological oncology care during a pandemic – personal experiences from South Africa

  • M H Botha Stellenbosch University
  • N Giyose
  • L J Rogers University of Cape Town
  • H M Simonds Stellenbosch University
  • T Smith University of the Witwatersrand


The past 12 months have been an unprecedented time for all of us, not least the challenges of doing our day-to-day jobs when services were closed around us and patients distanced from much needed oncological care. Gynaecological oncology surgical and radiation specialists from across the state sector in South Africa were asked to reflect on this time and how it impacted themselves and their patients. Below is a collection of these personal experiences and thoughts. The authors names and reflections are not linked.

Author Biographies

M H Botha, Stellenbosch University

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

L J Rogers, University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town, South Africa

H M Simonds, Stellenbosch University

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

T Smith, University of the Witwatersrand

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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